Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) said in an MSNBC appearance that President Trump is responsible for her father dying from Covid-19 because of his “dangerous criminal neglect by Trump and his administration.” She also said, “We have to investigate and prosecute these people who are responsible for these reckless deaths.”
Nur Omar Mohamed, Omar’s father, died in June from the virus at 67 years old.
During her appearance, Omar also referenced Democratic House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s memo that claimed there was evidence of “political interference” by the Trump administration into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“I lost my father on June 16. I remember my dad was in Kenya, he came back into the U.S. when Covid hit because he thought he was going to be safer here. My father and over 300,000 people have lost their lives to Covid because of dangerous criminal neglect by Trump and his administration, and I agree with Clyburn that it is not enough for us just to issue subpoenas, we have to investigate and prosecute these people who are responsible for these reckless deaths,” Omar said.
“My father should be here today, so many of our family members should be here today and they’re not here with us because we had leaders who didn’t care about their lives,” she added. She went on to say,
Our president today has not shown an ounce of compassion to the people who have passed away. He still has not acknowledged the devastating loss so many of us are feeling. My father survived so many things and for him to lose his life to Covid is devastating and right before you came on the reporter was sharing a story and that story is a story that my siblings and I share over and over and over again. It does not make sense that this is a reality in this country. This could have been avoided; this can be avoided, there are people who are responsible, and we cannot forget that when the next administration is sworn in and they are in charge of what happens next.
Clyburn’s memo referred to an email from then-Health and Human Services scientific advisor Paul Alexander. The email read,
So the bottom line is if it is more infectiouness [sic] now, the issue is who cares? If it is causing more cases in young, my word is who cares…as long as we make sensible decisions, and protect the elderely [sic] and nursing homes, we must go on with life….who cares if we test more and get more positive tests. There is no other way, we need to establish herd, and it only comes about allowing the non-high risk groups expose themselves to the virus. PERIOD. Infants, kids, teens, young people, young adults, middle aged with no conditions etc. have zero to little risk….so we use them to develop herd…we want them infected.
Donald Trump’s Operation Warp Speed has resulted in multiple successful vaccines for the virus, despite claims by media experts that it could not be done before the end of the year.